For a law firm established in 1725, Furley Page has professional credentials which are second to none within the sector. But there is another side to Furley Page, our dedicated staff are part of the fabric of business and community life in the areas we serve.
Many of Furley Page’s staff work closely with local charities and non-profit making bodies, some on a pro-bono or a reduced fee basis. Staff at our offices in Canterbury, Chatham and Whitstable give up their spare time to act as trustees or governors of schools, sports associations, museums, church groups and other community-based organisations.
The beneficiaries of this pro-bono support include the Kent Autistic Trust, Canterbury, Whitstable and Herne Bay Citizens Advice Bureau, Canterbury and District Angling Association, Canterbury Consortium of Almshouses, and Canterbury Food Bank.
Many Furley Page staff are also involved in the Kent Law Clinic, which is a partnership between students, academics and solicitors and barristers in practice. It not only provides a public service for people who need legal advice and representation but cannot afford to pay for it, but it also enhances the education of students in the Kent Law School through direct experience of legal practice.
Members of the team volunteer and run two ReEngage support groups in Herne Bay and Canterbury areas of East Kent.
How our lawyers helped the community during Covid-19 restrictions
A community volunteer group was set up by two of our lawyers and was praised for offering a ‘lifeline’ to vulnerable people in Kent during the lockdown. At the start of the lockdown Furley Page volunteers set up Call Companions, a telephone buddy system which offers companionship and support to elderly members of the community who need to self-isolate due to the coronavirus outbreak.
Seeing an opportunity to offer additional support, the group also started a shopping and prescription collection service. Volunteers from the group have carried out more than 350 shopping trips to provide vulnerable elderly people in the community with food, medicine and companionship.
Sponsorship of business, community groups and charitable fundraising
There is a strong ethos of providing real ‘hands-on’ support for good causes and community projects, at Furley Page with staff participating in fundraising bike rides, fun runs, coffee mornings and more.
Charities supported by Furley Page through Furley Page Foundation include:
- Kent Autistic Trust
- Catching Lives
- Strode Park Foundation
- The Young Lives Foundation
- Pilgrims Hospices
- Medway Street Angels
- Hypo Hounds
- The Canterbury Food Bank
The Canterbury Food Bank – The Furley Page Charity of the Year 2023
Canterbury Food Bank began as a community project developed by a group of local churches in 2011, registering as a charity in August 2013.
Its vision is ‘Caring for local people in crisis’ and its charitable objectives are:
The prevention or relief of poverty or financial hardship in the Canterbury City Council district by:
- the provision of emergency food parcels, items, services and facilities to individuals in financial need.
- contributing to and cooperating with charities and other organisations working to prevent or relieve poverty within the county of Kent.
Canterbury Food Bank’s activities are delivered by a small staff team managing a large group of dedicated volunteers.
While the roots of the charity lie in its Christian beginnings, it now brings together staff and volunteers of all faiths and none to provide a vital service to people.
The charity provides three-day food parcels to individuals and families in short term financial crisis across Canterbury, Whitstable, Herne Bay and surrounding villages.
Their organisation has staff who have completed the ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) program, which has equipped them with the skills and knowledge to provide suicide intervention support to individuals in crisis.
To find out more, visit their website: https://canterburyfoodbank.org/about-us/
The Furley Page Foundation
The Furley Page Foundation is a charitable incorporated organisation, Registered Charity number 1163007, which is responsible for managing all social responsibility programmes of Furley Page Solicitors. This includes fundraising for good causes and charities working for the benefit of people in Kent.
The Foundation has a Board of Trustees which is made up of Partners and elected staff representatives. The distribution of grants is decided by the Trustees and every year staff nominate a main charity which is supported by fundraising activities. By making use of our skills and expertise, our staff try to make a difference to the lives of people in our communities.
Furley Page is a sponsor of Medway Business Awards. We also sponsor the best business law student and most improved business law student of the year at Kent Business School, University of Kent.
Furley Page financially supports The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury. Our ongoing annual sponsorship has helped under privileged children gain access to the arts through bespoke drama courses. We sponsored the Furley Page Whitstable 10K 2022 and 2023 race. Other sponsorships include Lunchtime Concert series at the University of Kent Music department and we are benefactors of Canterbury Choral Society.
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